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Bruno Paillard "Première Cuvée" Extra Brut Champagne

SKU #1114052 93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The new release of Première Cuvée was disgorged in April of 2017 and hails from the base year of 2013. It was finished with a dosage of five grams per liter and offers p a lovely, still quite youthful bouquet of pear, apple, brioche a complex base of chalky soil tones and a nice touch of spring flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a lovely core, elegant mousse, bright acids and a long, focused and vibrant finish. This will be approachable early on, but as the notes below will attest, its true apogee is still many years down the road. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Paillard's NV Première Cuvée, disgorged January 2018 as Extra Brut, offers a fresh and delicate nose with bright fruit aromas intermixed with delicious brioche and vanilla notes. After three years on the lees, the palate is pure, straight and fresh, with a lovely mineral background, great elegance and finesse. The finish is salty and remans pure, very stimulating and delicate. Highly stimulating. (SR) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A mouthwatering Champagne that's finely balanced and carries rich notes of Honeycrisp apple, toast, lemon curd and glazed apricot on the lively mousse, while a streak of chalky mineral lingers on the finish. Disgorged September 2017. Drink now through 2022. (AN) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Representing 50% of production, the Première Cuvée is Bruno Paillard's bread and butter. It's made from first-press juice, 20% of which is barrel-fermented. Up to half of the blend is made up of reserve wines dating back to 1985, yet this Champagne is amazingly fresh. It has a steely lemon nose with floral hints, and the palate has a slightly woody structure with vanilla notes, filled out with apple and bright citrus flavours. Limey acidity and a saline aspect appear on the mid-palate, leading to a long, mouthwatering finish. (JB) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has a super fresh, attractive nose with brioche, lemons, toasty autolysis and peaches. The palate is soft, smooth and bright, the acidity delivering a fresh edge to the sweet lemons, peaches and pineapple. Drink now. Inner quote mark (7/2018)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The NV Extra Brut Premiere Cuvée is bright, precise and beautifully focused. In other words, a classic Bruno Paillard Champagne. Lemon confit, white flowers, tangerine peel, chamomile and dried flowers all grace this taut, super-expressive NV Champagne. Medium in body and airy, with terrific depth the Premiere Cuvée is classy and inviting. Time in the glass brings out the breadth and textural richness of the red grapes in the blend. It will drink beautifully as an aperitif or with lighter foods at the dinner table. Disgorged: October, 2018. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A selection from 35 Champagne vineyards, this nonvintage cuvée is ripe and mature, with a great balance between fruit and secondary flavors. It shows a fine poise and is ready to drink. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

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